In the world of tech-gadget journalism, this score represents the Holy Grail—a next-generation Apple iPhone discovered in a bar, presumably left there by a careless employee. The photos of the phone are splattered all over the home page of tech-gadget blog Gizmodo today. If they're real, the folks at Apple, a place known for its crazy secrecy and security measures, must be freaking out.
Maybe you thought it was nuts the way some folks in the media—myself included—went nuts over Apple's iPad. But guess what? Today Apple announced a new version of the operating-system software that runs on the iPad and the iPhone. To any sane person this was not a life-changing event. For one thing, the operating system is pretty geeky stuff. For another, this operating system won't even arrive until this summer.
Google recently introduced a new service that adds social-networking features to its popular Gmail system. The service is called Buzz, and within hours of its release, people were howling about privacy issues—because, in its original form, Buzz showed everyone the list of people you e-mail most frequently.
R. Galbraith / Reuters-LandovGoogle co-founder Sergey Brin at the unveiling of Google BuzzGod bless those hard-working techies in Silicon Valley for inventing this constant stream of things that serve mostly to make me feel guilty because I don't want to use them even though everyone else says they're the greatest thing ever.
To many in Silicon Valley, the world is divided into two kinds of people: those who "get it," and those who don't. The people who get it are the ones who understand that the Internet is the biggest thing that has ever happened in the history of the human race, a wave so huge and so powerful that the only way to cope with it is to jump on and hope to make money building a new world once the tsunami has laid waste to the old one.Those who don't get it are the ones who try to fight the Internet...
At this point I can't figure out if Google is (a) just trying to do something, anything, to deflect all the criticism it's getting about being responsible for the death of newspapers; or (b) actually playing a sadistic practical joke on newspapers, dreaming up ever more ridiculous ideas just to see if the newspaper guys will keep jumping through the hoops.
Marc Benioff is the founder and CEO of Salesforce.com, a $1 billion (revenues) software company that sells software that helps salespeople manage their accounts.